One of the most common mistakes new exercisers make is not measuring the intensity of their cardio workouts. Guidelines say that aerobic exercise should be “moderate” or “challenging,” but what does that feel like? You might m... Read more
Imagine you’re driving on a country road. You’re enjoying the ride and noticing the cars that you pass along the way, excited to get to your destination. Suddenly you see those familiar red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror... Read more
Wouldn’t it be great if all the fat-burning secrets you see in magazine ads and TV infomercials actually worked? If sauna suits, cellulite-shrinking creams, herbal wraps, and pills designed to “boost metabolism and melt fat away” di... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
What is Aerobic Exercise?
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) defines aerobic exercise as "any activity that uses large muscle... Read more
It’s hard to say enough about the benefits of walking for weight loss and general health, both physical and mental. It definitely belongs on your to-do list as often as possible. That’s why you’ll find an extensive collection of inf... Read more
I had my metabolic rate (RMR - what your body burns at rest before any activity or exercise) tested by indirect calorimetry (breathing into a machine after certain conditions are met). The person doing the test told me it was accurate t... Read more
I am enjoying retirement! Owning my time is better than my best dream about the freedom of work free days could possibly be. But this new freedom of scheduled time comes a deded responsibility. my new phase of life, retirement, time demands that... Read more
I feel like I have been sitting in the kitchen all day everyday counting calories. I'm so lost and have no one to guide me through this journey. I lost 15 lbs to just gain it back within the last few weeks. Ecercising feels like so much work. Im usu... Read more
Having a hard time exercising in your target heart rate zone? Maybe you need to check your resting heart rate! If you are getting regular cardio, your resting heart rate will decrease. Since your target heart rate is based on your resting heart ra... Read more
Take your pulse (at wrist or neck is best) before you get out of bed. Count the # of beats in a minute. Then, knowing this as your true resting heart rate, you can find out what intensity you need to be working at during cardio in order to reach yo... Read more
Do you ever wonder how accurate the numbers you get from exercise machines or on-line trackers are when it comes to calories burned during exercise?You probably should, because chances are they arenít very accurate--especially for some of the newer f... Read more
When someone asks me whether X, Y or Z counts as "exercise" or "cardio," my first response is always, "Well, what does your heart rate tell you?"Measuring your heart rate is an important action for every exerciser. It le... Read more
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